The Ttwistor aircraft in flight

Grand Challenge: Eye on the sky

From storm-chasing drones to fire-tracking satellites, Grand Challenge projects are boosting our understanding of an evolving planet.

Students in spacesuits

New minor brings space expertise to the masses

As the top public university for NASA research funding, CU Boulder is famous for aerospace.

Small single-propellor plane

Atoms in flight

Most particle physics experiments take place in a lab, but these days, JILA professor Dana Anderson prefers taking his to the air.

Laser graphic

Light on time

Can a laser tell time? JILA’s new superradiant version can.

An artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn orbit insertion. (NASA)

Cassini's swan song

It was a bittersweet ending for some CU Boulder scientists and students. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made one last dive toward Saturn, breaking up like a meteor in its crushing atmosphere in September.

Closeup of a comet

Why some comets break up, then make up

“Some comets are like couples—they break up, but then they get back together down the road,” says Distinguished Professor Daniel Scheeres of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.

NASA astronaut Terry Virts manipulating a BioServe experiment on ISS.

BioServe delivers

Sky is the limit for BioServe Space Technologies.


Global entrepreneurs, local impact

In 2016, CU Boulder welcomed Julien Denaes as one of its Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEiR), a program that embeds international, experienced entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the campus and the city.

Speaker at podium

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

To Brad Bernthal, associate professor of law and longtime champion of entrepreneurship on campus and in the community, palpable energy is emanating from CU Boulder’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.


HiveTech startup aims to be the “bee’s knees”

Kimberly Drennan, architect and CU Boulder environmental design instructor, had two things on her mind in 2014: her upcoming sophomore design studio and the state of America’s besieged honeybees.